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Florida's Bridget Sloan wins second individual all-around national championship

The super senior's scores held up after Friday night's evening session.

Erin Long

Oklahoma's Chayse Capps made a run at her. UCLA's Danusia Francis and Georgia's Brittany Rogers will each share titles with her. But once again, as she was as a freshman, Florida senior Bridget Sloan won the NCAA's all-around individual national championship on Friday.

Sloan posted a 39.700 while helping Florida win its afternoon semifinal session earlier on Friday, with four scores of 9.90 or better giving her a leg up on the field in the chase for her second individual national title in the all-around. And Capps, ranked second behind Sloan in the final regular season all-around rankings, gave dethroning the Gators' fiery leader a go, posting 9.900s through her first three events to keep herself mathematically alive to share the podium with Sloan.

But Capps would have needed a perfect 10 to tie for the title, and instead settled for a 9.9125 on her fourth and final routine of the night, finishing with a 39.6125 all-around score that left her almost a full tenth of a point off Sloan's pace.

The individual national title is Sloan's second in the all-around, tying her with Kytra Hunter for the most in school history. Like Hunter, whose all-around crowns came in 2012 and 2015, Sloan also collected her all-around titles as a freshman and then a senior.

Sloan also added national titles on the uneven bars and balance beam, where she posted scores of 9.950. She shared the former with Rogers and the latter with Francis.

Sloan's three event titles in 2016 (counting all-around) are the most by a Gator in one year in program history, and her six career individual titles are the most in Florida history, eclipsing the four Hunter had collected.

Between Hunter and Sloan, Florida gymnasts have won four of the last five individual all-around titles and won individual titles in all four events since 2012.